Tyrese Halliburton (Indiana Pacers) and James Harden (Philadelphia 76ers)
The 22-year-old Halliburton (20.2 points per game, 4 games per game, 10.2 points per game) deserves the only first-time selection among East players in this poll. Acquired from the Sacramento Kings at last year’s trade deadline, Halliburton has been the commander of the Pacers’ offense. The Iowa State player ranks second in the NBA in assists per game for him, and despite getting a lot of attention from opposing defenses, the Iowa State player has a career-high scoring average and his Recorded a 39.9% success rate for 3-point shots. Amazingly, Indiana is 22-18 at Halliburton, and he’s only 2-10 when he’s out.
Irving earned a starting spot in the official ballot, but the Nets Guard was completely removed from the ballot due to his destructive presence and unpardonable behavior, leading to a lengthy team suspension. I was. Instead, Irving’s former teammate Harden (21.4 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 11.2 assists per game) took his spot at the last guard. At 33, Harden, still a capable scorer, has shifted to a distribution-oriented role in Philadelphia. The adjustment has been integral to Philadelphia’s recent success, as it allowed Embiid to thrive in his fifth-ranked offense overall in the league from his 11th place last season.